Tony Ward with his running guide, Darragh McDaid. According to Ward, ‘I’m lucky in that I’m stubborn and I have a great network of family and friends around me who row in behind my stubbornness and help me to do these things.’

Tony Ward was just 28 when he was told that he was going blind. In 1994 he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), an inherited degenerative (...)

New Zealand’s flanker and captain Richie McCaw arrives for a training session at the Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, southwest of London. Photograph: Getty Images

New Zealand will be hoping to avoid another Halloween horror show when they face World Cup final opponents Australia on Saturday. Some of the All Blac(...)

A tag rugby tournament is to be held in the memory of Berkeley balcony victim Aoife Beary.

The only Irish captains to beat New Zealand – Donal Canniffe and Fiona Coghlan – will both take part in a tag rugby tournament this Saturday, July 25t(...)

Galway’s Aoife Donohue, Niamh McGrath and Shauna Healy celebrate after beating Cork. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

League champions Galway were the big winners as the Liberty Insurance senior camogie championship got under way with two games in the ultra-competitiv(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

The old man says it’s like looking for a proverbial what’s-it in a bloody well what’s-it. He’s pacing backwards and forwards and smoking like a cre(...)

Tommy Bowe, or should that be Tommy Booooooowe, scores a try against England at Twickenham in 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Thoughts on the Six Nations season and television. RTÉ should use the archives more: There is an entire generation of people who never saw Ollie Ca(...)

“I had gone on the tour to play against Brazil – I hadn’t played against Brazil ever – and that’s what I did,” said Liam Brady. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The news came through on a Friday afternoon that Argentinean troops had landed on the Falklands. Nobody knew it then but over the 10 weeks or so th(...)

Senator Terry Leyden’s daughter Orla, a sitting councillor,  retained a  seat for Fianna Fáil in Roscommon

Fianna Fáil taking eight out of eighteen seats on Roscommon County Council, coupled with the implosion of the Fine Gael vote in each of the three elec(...)

Edna O’Brien. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe/Getty

Writer Edna O’ Brien (above), musician Christy Moore, and former rugby International Tony Ward are some of the well-known personalities who reveal (...)

Nelson Mandela, wearing the number six jersey, congratulates  Springbok captain Francois Pienaar after victory in the 1995 World Cup final against New Zealand in in Johannesburg. Photograph: Getty Images

There was a lovely moment, or indeed minute, before kick-off in the Munster-Perpignan game at Thomond Park on Sunday. It only required one clap at the(...)